Gary Numan Unveils New LP’s Second Single

Courtesy: BMG Music

Gary Numan is giving audiences yet another preview of his new album.

The veteran performer and musician debuted this week ‘What God Intended,’ the second single from his upcoming album Savage (Songs From A Broken World).  The song is a start departure from the album’s lead single, ‘My Name Is Ruin’ as is evidenced in the song’s arrangement.  Numan explained the arrangement in his own words in a a recent interview about the song.

“‘What God Intends’ is one of the stranger songs of the album,” Numan said.  “The choruses are mostly instrumental and the three verses, each entirely different from the other, all sit over a huge, slow moving groove.”

Audiences can hear the song now here.  Audiences who pre-order Savage (Songs From A Broken World) will receive an instant grat download of ‘What God Intended’ and ‘My Name Is Ruin.’

Numan will embark on a North American tour this fall and winter in support of Savage (Songs From A Broken World) beginning Nov. 15 in San Diego, CA.  The tour is currently scheduled to run through Dec. 16 in Austin, TX and includes stops in Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Minneapolis, MN and a number of other cities.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Gary Numan – Savage  

North American Tour Dates:
Nov 15 – The Observatory North Park; San Diego, CA
Nov 16 – Teragram Ballroom; Los Angeles, CA
Nov 17 – The Observatory; Santa Ana, CA
Nov 19 – The Fillmore; San Francisco, CA
Nov 21 – Wonder Ballroom; Portland, OR
Nov 22 – Neptune; Seattle, OR
Nov 23 – The Rickshaw Theatre; Vancouver
Nov 24 – Commonwealth; Calgary
Nov 26 – Pyramid Cabaret; Winnipeg
Nov 28 – First Avenue; Minneapolis, MN
Nov 29 – Thalia Hall; Chicago, IL
Nov 30 – St Andrews Hall; Detroit, IL
Dec 01 – Opera House; Toronto
Dec 04 – Paradise Rock Club; Boston, MA
Dec 06 – Union Transfer; Philadelphia, PA
Dec 07 – Brooklyn Street; Brooklyn, NY
Dec 09 – 9:30 Club; Washington DC
Dec 11 – The Masquerade – Heaven Stage; Atlanta, GA
Dec 12 – Exit / In; Nashville, TN
Dec 14 – Trees; Dallas, TX
Dec 15 – Warehouse Live Studio; Houston, TX
Dec 16 – The Mohawk; Austin, TX
 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/numanofficial

 

 

 

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Gary Numan Debuts ‘My Name Is Ruin’ Video

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Gary Numan debuted the video for his latest single ‘My Name Is Ruin’ this week.

The video comes only weeks after he first premiered the song, which is the lead single from his upcoming album Savage (Songs From A Broken World). The album is currently scheduled to be released Sept. 15 via BMG Music and will be available on Cd, deluxe CD, double vinyl, cassette, digital and MFit platforms.  Its full track listing is noted below.

Savage (Songs From A Broken World)
Standard CD Edition – Official Tracklisting 

01. Ghost Nation
02. Bed Of Thorns
03. My Name Is Ruin*
04. The End Of Things
05. And It All Began With You
06. When The World Comes Apart
07. Mercy
08. What God Intended
09. Pray For The Pain You Serve
10. Broken

The video – directed by Chris Corner — places Numan and his daughter Persia in the post-apocalyptic world described in a recent interview in which he describes the album’s concept. It is a vast, empty wasteland of deserts and mountains that heightens the emotion in the song’s arrangement and lyrical content. Audiences can view the video online now here.

Numan will hit the road this fall and winter in support of his new album for a roughly monthlong North American tour that begins Nov. 15 in San Diego, CA. The tour runs through Dec. 16 and currently includes performances in Seatlle, WA; Houston, TX; Brooklyn, NY and a handful of other cities.  The current tour schedule is noted below.

Gary Numan – Savage North American Tour Dates:
Nov 15 – The Observatory North Park; San Diego, CA
Nov 16 – Teragram Ballroom; Los Angeles, CA
Nov 17 – The Observatory; Santa Ana, CA
Nov 19 – The Fillmore; San Francisco, CA
Nov 21 – Wonder Ballroom; Portland, OR
Nov 22 – Neptune; Seattle, OR
Nov 23 – The Rickshaw Theatre; Vancouver
Nov 24 – Commonwealth; Calgary
Nov 26 – Pyramid Cabaret; Winnipeg
Nov 28 – First Avenue; Minneapolis, MN
Nov 29 – Thalia Hall; Chicago, IL
Nov 30 – St Andrews Hall; Detroit, IL
Dec 01 – Opera House; Toronto
Dec 04 – Paradise Rock Club; Boston, MA
Dec 06 – Union Transfer; Philadelphia, PA
Dec 07 – Brooklyn Street; Brooklyn, NY
Dec 09 – 9:30 Club; Washington DC
Dec 11 – The Masquerade – Heaven Stage; Atlanta, GA
Dec 12 – Exit / In; Nashville, TN
Dec 14 – Trees; Dallas, TX
Dec 15 – Warehouse Live Studio; Houston, TX
Dec 16 – The Mohawk; Austin, TX

Tickets are available now for all dates, and can be purchased here.

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/numanofficial

 

 

 

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Gary Numan Premieres New Single; Announces New Album, Tour Dates

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Gary Numan is giving audiences their first taste of his next new album.

The veteran rocker debuted this week, the lead single from his forthcoming album Savage (Songs From A Broken World), which is currently scheduled to be released Sept. 15 via BMG Music.  The album’s lead single, ‘My Name Is Ruin’ is streaming online now here.

The song conjures thoughts of Fear Factory’s cover of Numan’s hit classic song ‘Cars,’ which was included in the band’s 2001 album Obsolete.  That is due to the song’s electronics-infused arrangement and Numan’s own vocal delivery style. Making the song even more interesting is that Numan’s 11-year-old daughter Persia provided backing vocals for the song.

An official video for the song is forthcoming, too, and an announcement about its premiere will come soon.

Savage (Songs From A Broken World), Numan’s 22nd full-length studio recording, is a semi-concept record that is set in an apocalyptic, post-global warming world in the not-too-distant-future. Much like in the classic Mad Max movies, technology is gone along with food, water and basic human decency.  The Eastern and Western world have become one, more out of necessity than anything else.

According to a news release about the album, it was being written in the wake of Donald Trump’s rise to power in America.  It states Numan felt Trump’s dangerous views of climate change served as the basis for the album’s theme.

“The songs are about the things that people do in such a harsh and terrifying environment,” Numan said.  “It’s about a desperate need to survive and they do awful things in order to do so, and some are haunted by what they’ve done.  That desire to be forgiven, along with some discovered remnants of an old religious book ultimately encourages religion to resurface, and it really goes downhill from there.”

Savage (Songs From A Broken World) was produced by Numan’s longtime collaborator Ade Fenton, with the album being recorded in Los Angeles and in the U.K.  Numan praised Fenton for his work ethic, saying that ethic is what has made the pair work so well together for so long.

“Ade is not only extremely creative but ridiculously hard-working, even in difficult circumstances,” Numan said.  “It’s easy to discuss alternative ideas with him; he’s not precious about things and is always looking to make the music better, even if that means on very rare occasions, undoing his own work and starting again.”

Numan’s new album will be released on CD, Deluxe CD, double vinyl, cassette, digital and MFit formats. Its track listing is noted below.

Savage (Songs From A Broken World)
Standard CD Edition – Official Tracklisting 

01. Ghost Nation
02. Bed Of Thorns
03. My Name Is Ruin*
04. The End Of Things
05. And It All Began With You
06. When The World Comes Apart
07. Mercy
08. What God Intended
09. Pray For The Pain You Serve
10. Broken
*The vinyl format adds “If I Said” (track 9) and “Cold” (track 12),

while “If I Said” also features on the deluxe CD (track 10)

Courtesy: BMG Music

Numan will hit the road this fall in support of Savage (Songs From A Broken World) beginning Nov. 15 in San Diego, CA.  The tour starts in San Diego, CA before heading up the west coast and into Canada for a short stint north of the border. The tour also includes dates in the Midwest, Northeast, Southeast and Southwest, ending Dec. 16 in Austin, TX.

The current schedule for Numan’s upcoming tour is noted below.  Tickets are on sale online now for each date here.

Gary Numan – Savage North American Tour Dates:
Nov 15 – The Observatory North Park; San Diego, CA
Nov 16 – Teragram Ballroom; Los Angeles, CA
Nov 17 – The Observatory; Santa Ana, CA
Nov 19 – The Fillmore; San Francisco, CA
Nov 21 – Wonder Ballroom; Portland, OR
Nov 22 – Neptune; Seattle, WA
Nov 23 – The Rickshaw Theatre; Vancouver
Nov 24 – Commonwealth; Calgary
Nov 26 – Pyramid Cabaret; Winnipeg
Nov 28 – First Avenue; Minneapolis, MN
Nov 29 – Thalia Hall; Chicago, IL
Nov 30 – St Andrews Hall; Detroit, IL
Dec 01 – Opera House; Toronto
Dec 04 – Paradise Rock Club; Boston, MA
Dec 06 – Union Transfer; Philadelphia, PA
Dec 07 – Brooklyn Street; Brooklyn, NY
Dec 09 – 9:30 Club; Washington DC
Dec 11 – The Masquerade – Heaven Stage; Atlanta, GA
Dec 12 – Exit / In; Nashville, TN
Dec 14 – Trees; Dallas, TX
Dec 15 – Warehouse Live Studio; Houston, TX
Dec 16 – The Mohawk; Austin, TX

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Website: http://garynuman.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GaryNumanOfficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/numanofficial

 

 

 

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Gary Numan Debuts Video For Latest Single

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Courtesy: Machine Music USA, Inc.

Gary Numan debuted the video for his new single ‘I Am Dust’ this week.

The video, directed by Logan Owibeemoth, presents Numan, can be viewed online now at http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2014/04/gary_numan_made.html. It presents Numan performing his song against a series of vintage VHS style video effects. The effects were done by Omebi Velouria, using a Tachyons+ video glitch synth to get the vintage effects.

Tachyons+ is actually a group of individuals that takes vintage video gear and alters it to generate whole new methods and means of video editing. The effects used for Numan’s new video were done using a Tachyons+ video glitch synth done live using HI-8 camera and a standard CRT television. The full image was captured using a digital camera. No computer post production was used in the creation of this video.

Gary Numan is currently touring in support of his latest full-length album, Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind). He will be performing live today at The Firebird in St. Louis, MO. That performance will be followed tomorrow with a performance at the Middle of the Map Festival in Kansas City, MO. Numan’s most current tour schedule is listed below.

Gary Numan — 2014 Tour Dates
WED 2 APR 2014 ST LOUIS, MO THE FIREBIRD
THU 3 APR 2014 KANSAS CITY, MO MIDDLE OF THE MAP FESTIVAL
FRI 4 APR 2014 ENGLEWOOD, CO GOTHIC
6 APR 2014 SAN FRANCISCO, CA THE FILLMORE
FRI 23 MAY 2014 NEWTON, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND THE STUDIO
UN 25 MAY 2014 MT LAWLEY, PERTH ASTOR THEATRE
TUE 27 MAY 2014 BRISBANE THE TIVOLI
HU 29 MAY 2014 ADELAIDE, ADELAIDE HQ
FRI 30 MAY 2014 MELBOURNE THE HI-FI MELBOURNE
SAT 31 MAY 2014 SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES METRO THEATRE
SAT 16 AUG 2014 KETTERING, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE ALT-FEST
FRI 28 NOV 2014 LONDON

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Ume’s Latest LP Is One Of 2014’s Most Intriguing New Records

Courtesy:  Dangerbird Records

Courtesy: Dangerbird Records

Monuments, the new album from Ume, is one of the more intriguing records that has been released so far in 2014.  The Austin, TX-based band’s third full length studio release is such an interesting listen because at no point over the course of its dozen total songs does it ever allow itself to be fully pigeonholed into one specific subset of the rock world or another.  At one point, it bears something of a semi-stoner rock influence, while at others its sound is more indie-rock.  Add in the hybrid Joan Jett/Courtney Love style vocals of singer Lauren LL throughout the album, and listeners get in Monuments a record that is well worth at least one listen.

The album’s aforementioned semi-stoner rock influence is obvious right off the top in the album’s opener, ‘Black Stone.’  Langner Larson and her band mates—Rachel Fuhrer (drums) and Eric Larson (bass)—waste no time getting into listeners’ heads with their collective talent in this song.  Lauren LL’s song-opening guitar line is a standard mid-tempo rock riff that is certain to get any listener playing along on their own air guitar both in their bedrooms and cars.  Fuhrer and Eric Larson add just enough of their own heaviness to the song to have said listeners proudly putting their horns in the air at the same time.  Lyrically speaking, Langner Larson’s words are somewhat cryptic.  She sings in the song’s final verse, You never see/The cries of another/Never did see/The wars till the rubble/Crumbled on/You and me/The damage done/Battles are not/Ever won/Never won.”  Is it bad that Larson leaves her lyrics up to interpretation?  No.  That openness to interpretation set alongside the song’s equally engaging musical side makes ‘Black Stone’ a fitting feeling for what fans can expect throughout the rest of this record.

The energy and power established by the members of Ume in ‘Black Stone’ doesn’t stop with that song.  If anything, it’s stepped up even more as the album progresses.  This is evidenced in the song ‘Chase It Down.’  Again, the song’s seemingly metaphorical lyrics are left widely to interpretation.  The most common sense interpretation is that this is a song of self-empowerment of sorts.  Langner Larson asks her subject in the song’s chorus, “Are you the one they forget/Are you the one they love to neglect/Are you the one alone at last/Are you the one who won’t beg for it?”  She follows that up by telling said subject, “Chase it down/In this skin.”  One can’t help but wonder whom she is addressing here.  That is irrelevant here though.  She could be addressing anyone.  That being understood, it makes the frantic energy exuded by the band in this piece all the harder hitting, especially in the buildup to the song’s climactic finale.  It will all leave listeners breathless by the time that energy explodes in those final moments.

For all of the frenetic energy exuded throughout the course of Monuments, it does actually have its softer moments.  ‘Gleam’ is one of those moments.  Langner Larson shows real control over her vocals throughout the song even when it picks up about a minute and a half in.  That gentility in her vocals is wonderfully complimented by the almost poppy guitar line and reserved drumming on the part of Rachel Fuhrer.  If one listens very closely, one will even note what sounds like a mandolin playing ever so softly alongside Langner Larson’s vocals early on.  As subtle as the pairing is and as short as it is, it adds so much depth to the song.  It makes this one more part of an album that has earned the title of one of this year’s most intriguing new albums.

Audiences can hear any of the songs noted here and many more live as the band tours in support of Monuments.  The band is performing today alongside Blondie and Gary Numan in Austin, Texas at Brazos Hall.  The band has a number of other dates scheduled straight through May.  Fans can check out the band’s latest tour schedule online now at http://www.facebook.com/umemusic and http://www.umemusic.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Numan’s New Album Is A Musical Masterpiece

Courtesy:  Machine Music USA, Inc.

Courtesy: Machine Music USA, Inc.

Veteran musician Gary Numan has shaken up this critic’s list of the year’s best rock and hard rock albums with the release of his latest album, Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind).  Numan’s new record, his twentieth full length studio release, takes listeners once again into the ever darkening world that he has crafted throughout his more recent releases.  Numan grabs audiences right from the album’s emotionally desolate opener ‘I Am Dust’ straight through to ‘My Last Day’, which closes out the album’s dozen tracks and never lets go.  It may not be the most uplifting album out there.  But the sonic landscapes crafted throughout this near hour-long record make it worth more than just a couple listens.  As a matter of fact, that landscape makes this album a darkhorse candidate to be one of the year’s best new rock or even hard rock albums.

Numan made the completely right choice opening his new album with ‘I Am Dust.’  There is so much that can be said of this song.  The first thing that listeners will take away from this song is the different musical and vocal influences obvious throughout the song.  Numan’s own vocal style in the verses conjures thoughts of Tool/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer front man Maynard James Keenan.  However, when he reaches the choruses, there is almost a mix of Peter Steele (Type O Negative) and Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory) in his voice as he sings, “We are yours/We’re waiting for you/We are yours/We’re waiting for you.”  The Fear Factory and Type O Negative influences can also be heard in the choruses in the song’s musical side.  Numan’s nihilistic lyrics in this song echo that of Trent Reznor circa The Downward Spiral.  He sings, “We all pray for the end/For the God to take us/We were falling down/One by one/We were weak/And the fear/Was all around us/The machines screamed from moon to sun.”  The musical and lyrical combination along with the obvious influences from across the rock world collectively make this song the perfect introduction to Numan for those that might be new to his music and an equally impressive re-introduction for those that are more familiar with his music.

For all of the dark, brooding songs that Gary Numan includes in his new album, he also tackles relationship issues in his own way.  He tackles the subject in the very Nine Inch Nails-esque ‘The Calling.’  Were a person to hear this song on the radio without knowing it was Gary Numan, one might actually think it was Nine Inch Nails because of how close it sounds to Trent Reznor’s work circa The Fragile.  The string arrangements and electronics set against Numan’s brooding lyrics make this song one of this album’s key moments.  Lyrically, there is little to this song.  But even in its few lyrics, Numan captures the emotion of someone that realizes that he or she has been nothing but a pawn in someone else’s game.  He writes in the song’s final verse, “You don’t love me/You don’t know me/Is this some kind of game for you/Is that why you’ve called me?” This is a situation to which plenty of audiences can relate.  Not everyone has gone through the situation presented in this song.

Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind) is front loaded with more than its share of impressive new material from Gary Numan.  There is not one bad moment throughout the record’s near hour-long run time.  One of the highest of the records high points has already been noted here.  It isn’t the only of the album’s high points, either.  ‘We’re The Unforgiven’ is another of this album’s highest of points.  This song has a very obvious Nine Inch Nails influence both musically speaking and lyrically.  What’s so interesting about that is the contrast of the song’s musical and lyrical sides.  The song’s musical side is powerful to say the least.  That is thanks in large part to the manner in which each verse crescendos before dropping back.  That dynamic contrast alone would make this song work even without lyrics.  But set next to the song’s lyrical side, both the music and lyrics come together to make the song this album’s best song.  He writes about figures that were once great but are now pale shades of themselves.  He writes, “Once there was life/And we were strong/Full of pride/Once we bread fear/And we would take the flesh denied/Once we were gods/And all things knelt before our word/or died.”  Obviously, he is writing metaphorically here.  But the message is still the same. He goes on, writing in the song’s chorus, “Now we’re just a ruin/We were our undoing/We’re the unforgiven.”  This is a powerful statement.  And again, set alongside the song’s musical side, it becomes even more powerful.  Together, they make this song just one more of so many standout moments shared by Gary Numan throughout his new record.  Fans overseas in the Middle East and Europe will get to experience these songs and many more live beginning February 10th in Tel Aviv, Israel.  From there, Numan will make his way into Belgium and across Europe for the next leg of his tour in support of his new album.  Fans can get Gary Numan’s latest tour dates, news, and more online at http://www.facebook.com/GaryNumanOfficial and http://www.garynuman.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.